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PCCC: Did they move their money? (4.00 / 1)
In May 2009, I discovered the Progressive Change Campaign Committee was using Bank of America. I asked Adam Green if it was true, he confirmed it, and I suggested they change banks, giving him a specific suggestion and a link to a site where he could look for an independent bank himself.

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What are we doing in Afghanistan?

U.S. Discovers Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

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Action Alert: Cat Food Commission Town Hall

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Via Susie:

These are the town halls Pete Peterson plans to stack with supporters who want to privatize Social Security. It would be really, really good if you could attend – you can apply here.

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A Village called Versailles

a village called versailles screening at reel works

If you're in New York, I want to make sure you're aware of Reel Works' screening of A Village Called Versailles, about a community's struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. It's happening Friday, June 11 at Reel Works in Brooklyn.

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Versailles as a metaphor catches on

UPDATE: David Dayen is using it:

The meaningless debate over Lisa Murkowski’s bid to stop the EPA from complying with a Supreme Court order and regulate carbon emissions will take up the whole day in the US Senate. I say “meaningless” because it has no chance of passage, after President Obama’s veto threat. But inside Versailles it’s more important to measure “humiliation” than anything else.

Glen Greenwald is using it:

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Democratic economic EPIC FAIL

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Every previous Democratic president has brought down the rate of unemployment. Every previous Democratic president has had a stellar record of creating jobs.

This administration is an EPIC FAIL from the point of view of jobs. What is worse is that it does not seem to occur to any of our precious leadersheep that failure to reduce unemployment reflects very poorly upon them. There is NO sense of urgency. Read more about Democratic economic EPIC FAIL

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Blogs and the decline of the Democratic party

Jane Hamsher has a bitter rant about the Arkansas Democratic primary. It seems Blanche Lincoln won just because of money; Hamsher does not consider the possibility that other factors may have been at work. Specifically, she does not discuss why the progressive candidate won the white male rural vote and the corporatist candidate won the female and black vote. Read more about Blogs and the decline of the Democratic party

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Thoughts about Arkansas

First of all, let me admit that I don't really know anything about Arkansas. Read more about Thoughts about Arkansas

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Shorter Bowers: the C list does not exist

Amateur blogosphere, RIP

Only five years ago, the progressive political blogosphere was still predominately a gathering place for amateur (that is, unpaid or barely paid) journalists and activists unattached to existing media companies and advocacy organizations. Those days are almost completely over. Now, the progressive blogosphere is almost entirely professionalized, and inextricably linked to existing media companies and advocacy organizations.

That statement could not have been more arrogant if a TV hairdo had said it. It is as if there is a narrow group of high traffic blogs and the rest of you don't matter. Sheesh. Read more about Shorter Bowers: the C list does not exist

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Police are camera shy

Put down the camera!

In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.

Even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists.

It turns out it depends upon which state you live in. Read more about Police are camera shy

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Versailles' budget policy

b. commenting at Ian Welsh:

We let them die over here so that we can kill them over there.

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